Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Wednesday Wishlist: ASOS PRODUCER High Heels

I'm a bit of a pansy when it comes to high heels, but my-oh-my do I love these ASOS Producer heels. I don't know whether it's the velvety smooth leather-look caramel shade or the slick gold ankle strap, but these heels are doing it for me.

Do you like them too? You can get them here.


By Carina Sullivan

Friday, 21 March 2014

Tarte Cosmetics launches in the UK on QVC

Whether you've heard of the fabulous US cosmetics brand tarte or not, the beauty secret of many make-up artists, bloggers and celebs, like Cate Blanchett and Kate Bosworth, is coming to the UK thanks to QVC. I was invited to a swanky launch event at the chic Sushi Samba bar last week to celebrate tarte launching exclusively in the UK on QVC on 28th March, where we were greeted by showgirls and given a tarte make-over.

The natural and cruelty-free beauty range was created after the founder Maureen Kelly’s trip to the Rainforest where she saw powerful ingredients and how they were used. Every tarte product uses unique, high performance naturals, that deliver strong results which last for 12 hours. The key ingredients used in the products are:
  • Amazonian clay, extracted from the banks of the Amazon River in the heart of Brazil, proven to give skin an overall smooth, nourished and even appearance
  • Maracuja oil, derived from exotic passion fruits instantly quenching dry skin to reveal a healthy, radiant complexion

Powerful ingredients like superfruit and plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, essential oils and other naturally- derived ingredients are delivered in very pretty packages with stunning colours and textures to give a really flawess look.

What really impressed me during my tarte make-over was the gorgeous tarte Amazonian clay full coverage foundation which went on smoothly, gave amazing coverage but didn't feel heavy or cakey on my skin. It also covered minor imperfections without the need for concealer - always handy. I loved the beautifully neutral shades of the blusher and lipstick, making tarte a contender for my wedding day make-up brand of choice!

I'm thinking of doing my own make-up on my wedding day next year, so plan to try out quite a few brands who offer make-up with staying power - so stay tuned. Recommendations or brands I should try out welcome!

tarte is available exclusively at QVC from 28th March 2014. Watch the shows live at 2pm and 6pm or shop at


By Carina Sullivan

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Oscars 2014 Red Carpet Best Dressed - Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o and Cate Blanchett

So I may be a little late, but these are my favourite red carpet looks from the Oscars 2014. It may not have been the the most adventurous or avant garde Oscars red carpet we've have ever seen, but there were some truly beautiful gowns, especially Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o and Cate Blanchett.

It's no surprise that my new red carpet style icon Lupita Nyong'o has made my best dressed list in this stunning baby blue Prada gown and uber cute headband. The winning smile and new, shiny Oscar only add to this winning look.

Jennifer Lawrence knows what works for her, and that's a killer red dress. We've seen J-Law in red at the 2013 Golden Globes and at the 2011 Oscars, and the 2014 Oscars red Dior number is just gorgeous. The peplum's been around for a while but looks really fresh with the sleek no nonsense silhouette.

You rarely get a bad red carpet look from Cate Blanchett, but you can tell she came to win at the Oscars this year. In romantic and ethereal Armani Prive she looked fabulous and the blush shade looked oh-so-good with her porcelain complexion and that lovely gold statue.


By Carina Sullivan